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Doormo a gogo

Discussion in 'Interior' started by grapeape, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. grapeape

    grapeape Member

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    Has anyone fitted or replaced a doormobile roof and or canvas to a bay?

    I am having one delivered soon, minus canvas and need some info when fitting to a transporter....

    Any help is good help....
     
  2. 74westy

    74westy New Member

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    I can't help but im interested in listening.
    I would love to replace my pop top with the Originial westy roof, but fat chance of that happening.
    So you are replacing your poptop with an exact replica? or a complete different model? or are you simply converting a mircobus into a camper?
     
  3. grapeape

    grapeape Member

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    conversion

    Howdy,

    Just bought a Devon top from a guy in QLand and will be converting my transporter. Before I got Flo (transporter) I had Lizzy (Camper) which at the time had too many body and transmission issues for me. Flo on the other hand is very tidy but I miss the head room when we go camping, but always wanted a Devon instead of the usual hunchback, so here we go!

    Going to be a tricky journey I know, but will cooincide with respray etc so should look the goods.... Just need to get the shed finished... DOH!

    PS, were you up at Littlehampton? I came in late and sat with Kommodious if you were...
     
  4. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    Cutting a hole in the roof??? I'd take cover real soon....
     
  5. Baldwithabeard

    Baldwithabeard Active Member

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    I was toying with this idea on a 1971 microbus project and got some sound advice...don't cut it..!!

    Not suggesting you don't...it's your call grape...good luck with it.
     
  6. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    There are already a lot of poptop kombis out there .... installing a poptop seems to be a one-way task (ie they rarely get turned back into hard-tops due to the lack of replacement roofs ...) :umm: => I wouldn't cut the roof either.
     
  7. VanAime

    VanAime Active Member

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    I wanted a camper already up and running, but I've since changed my mind about pop-tops.

    A friend of mine put me off a bit. He owned one and told me that the only time the top was ever up was the day he saw it in a car yard and once when he demonstrated it for somebody and it was his only home for years.

    When I first saw mine advertised, I was disappointed that he wasn't a pop-top and had plans of doing exactly what you're considering, but once I had a good look at that lovely straight and rust free roof, there's no way I'd consider it now. I mean, how often do you need to spend long periods of time standing up in the back?

    Still, I suppose it's nice to have that extra head space when out and about and each to their own is my motto. Lucky I inherited "ducks Disease" eh!! :)
     
  8. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    We usually put our poptop up when camping .... not so much for headroom, though, as for a place to put all the accumulated junk that ends up on the ("downstairs") bed and floor .... :)
     
  9. grapeape

    grapeape Member

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    Jeez.....

    Bloomin' 'eck, you lot are a chorus of encouragement!

    I have been going through the same problems.....

    I have a straight deluxe microbus that drives well, but I miss the headroom when camping......

    Had a camper and thought it a bit top heavy and for specialist use only, but it is so perfect for someone 6'2"!!!!

    Do I just get an annex on the side?
    Do I incur the wrath of wifey and get a camper as well?

    I really want a dormo!!
     
  10. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Poptops seem good value to me (compared to a microbus, panel or ute) - if you bought, say, a Sopru camper and added a Dormobile poptop, it would be "value-adding" IMO.... so just convince your wife that it is a great investment! ;)

    Annexes are also a great option - you can empty your kombi into the annexe for more interior space, and you can go sight-seeing in the kombi without having to pack up camp.... they do take up a bit of space inside during the trip, though.
     
  11. rays76bay

    rays76bay New Member

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    Hi Grapeape
    As for your Dormobile canvas replacement try this

    In VolksWorld Magazine Camper&Bus Feb. 2009
    From Page 55 "A Shop Tour in the Dormobile Factory"
    With information on roof and canvas installation also
    From page 82 on, a HOW TO pop top roof restoration
    24 step with photos ( paint resto )


    In VolksWorld Magazine Keeping Your Bus Alive Issue...Two
    From page 94 on, a How To pop top replacement ( canvas ) that is.
    And on a Dormobile.. 24 step with photos
    Skill Level 4/5..Time taken 1 Day


    Very detailed I think this is what you need
    I had a hell of a time finding "Keeping Your Bus Alive" mag in Adelaide
    Email to the UK then to Sydney then found in Adelaide Railway Station Newsagent
    Last one they had !!


    Good luck Grape


    Rays 76
     
  12. kirkers66

    kirkers66 Member

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  13. grapeape

    grapeape Member

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    Nice one...

    Thanks folks....
     

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